It's time to announce the second honorable mention for our Public Service Scholarship. We admire the work of those in public service who serve our communities, and this scholarship is our way of saying thank you. The person who will receive $100 is.....
2nd Public Service Scholarship Honorable Mention: Tony Chapa
Tony is a former U.S. Marine who served in the Persian Gulf War. He then became a law enforcement officer for communities in the Chicago Area. He is currently an investigator for the U.S. Dept. of Labor. He is a co-founder of a men’s rugby club, a member and board officer for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (IN 14-2) and a facilitator of a psycho-therapeutic group for military Veterans and first responders.
Here is an excerpt from his essay:
"The course of study that I have taken thus far has allowed me to grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. As a graduate student at Purdue University Calumet, I have met other students who have overcome major life changing events. One element of this program is being able to disclose personal issues in order to bring self-awareness. Not only does this allow a student to succumb to personal fears but it has allowed me to understand that most of us have or will encounter suffering in our life.
As a student, I have committed to offering my knowledge and skills of psychotherapy to those who want it but were afraid of seeking counseling. I have gained a prolific amount of confidence as a result of this program. I have pushed my own limits in order to reach the goal of becoming a first rate mental health counselor. This journey has proven to me that no matter what obstacles we may face, the decision to actually make a difference does wonders to those who may not have a voice. "
Thank you for your service Tony, and good luck in your academic pursuits!